Google+ is the hot ticket in town, trying to steal Facebook's lunch (and Twitter's too, if they can get it). The service is still in its early days, so confusion is likely inevitable.
Thankfully, Simon Laustsen has risen to the challenge and created some Google+ cheat sheets to make the latest in social networking a little friendlier. There's at least one typo (see if you can spot it!), but what matters is the information that he conveys.
The first cheat sheet explains text formatting, some of the basics of circles, how to send someone a private message and more.
The second tip sheet takes a closer look at circles, photo sharing, navigation and Chrome browser extensions that can be used for a better Google+ experience.
Is Twitter bad for your dating life? Statistics say "maybe."
Online dating site OKCupid has a spinoff that looks into the statistical data gleaned from all those lonely hearts, OKTrends. They continually churn out great insights that have the ring of truth, even though they're gleaned from a self-selecting group.
They did a blog post called "10 Charts About Sex," but the one that's getting the most attention around the Internet is the one answering "How long do your relationships usually last?" The chart pits people who use Twitter every day against everyone else, and while the arcs are similar, Twitter users are a bit behind everyone else throughout the age range listed on the chart, and it also holds across genders.
As many of my college science teachers would be quick to note, correlation does not mean causation, so is this just because people who use Twitter are less likely to be in long-term relationships? Or is something about feeling attached enough to Twitter to be doing it every day have a negative effect on your relationships? As OKTrends describes it, "Unfortunately, we have no way to tell who's dumping who here; whether the twitterati are more annoying or just more flighty than everyone else."
In an interesting marketing approach, the Foo Fighters performed their entire new album "Wasting Light" and put up a YouTube video of the performance. The video was shot in the Foo Fighters' Studio 606.
The Foos have done their best to get out the word however they can. They released a documentary on the history of the band "Back and Forth," which aired in theaters on April 5 along with a live, 3D performance of the album. The documentary later aired commercial-free on various cable channels on April 8.
They've also used viral videos, contests, secret shows, social media and more in order to promote "Wasting Light."
If you still haven't gotten your Foo fill, they're releasing an album of covers, "Medium Rare," as a limited-edition vinyl for Record Store Day tomorrow, April 16.
I had the chance to see the Foo Fighters live about a decade ago when they were on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. While the Foo Fighters opened the show at Washington state music venue The Gorge, they ended up delivering the more memorable, energetic performance, including climbing the sound booth. It's fun to see them still energized a decade later.